In 2009 Ron White set a USA record for the fastest person to memorize a deck of cards. he did it in 1 minute and 27 seconds. This record stood for two years in the United States. Now this may seem freakishly fast. But the good news for anyone attempting to memorize a deck of cards is that the first time he tried—just a year before—it took him over 6 minutes! He was not born with a natural ability; instead, he perfected a system that anyone can learn to memorize a deck of cards with seemingly superhuman speed.
The system consists of two main ingredients:
1. Creating a mental map
2. Creating substitute images for each playing card